Breast Cancer Risk Linked to Breast Density

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Breast Cancer Risk Linked to Breast Density
Thu, 10-07-2010 - 10:44am

From Live Science:

Among breast cancer patients who have an early, noninvasive form of the disease — called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS — those whose breast tissue is the densest have the highest risk of facing a recurrence of their disease, a new study shows.

Women who'd previously had DCIS in one breast had three times the risk of developing cancer in the opposite breast, if their breast tissue had the greatest density among women in the study, compared with women in the study whose breast tissue was the least dense.

Women with densest breast tissue also had about one-and-a-half times the risk of developing cancer in the same breast, and two times the risk of developing invasive cancer in either breast, than women with the least dense breast tissue.

Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in California based their findings on a group of 935 women whose previous DCIS had been treated with breast-conserving surgery (not a mastectomy) between 1991 and 1997. The density of breast tissue was assessed from mammograms.

The results were in line with those of a 2007 study, which found similar increases in risk levels among women with DCIS whose breast tissue had the greatest density, according to the researchers.


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